Has anyone had success ticketing a to-be-purged account?
They won't return purged accounts.
There's no chance that they're going to give it to you, sorry. If it's been non-active for 2-3 years they wave their magic wands and say "bye bye suckers" or something like that I bet.
If you figure it out, let me know. I've got one that's about to be purged and it makes me sad.